Education Specialist in K-12 Leadership

Education Specialist in K-12 Leadership

Teachers often look to advance their education beyond their master's degree so they can move into administrative positions, and/or qualify for salary increases. However, educators whose goal is to improve their instructional skills and remain in the classroom may prefer to focus on coursework and forego the dissertation component required of most doctoral programs. Grand Canyon University offers a solution for these individuals.

Our Education Specialist in K-12 Leadership (EDS) program is designed to prepare educators to assume a variety of leadership roles in economically and culturally diverse 21st century K-12 educational communities. After foundational instruction in ethics, research and theory, coursework focuses on educational policy development and decision making, staffing, and organizational leadership, supervision of teaching and learning, instructional and curricular supervision, department and unit management, and other areas related to leadership at the building or district level. The program is aligned with the standards of the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC).

Program Highlights:

  • 100% online
  • 30 credits, 10 classes
  • Program can be finished in approximately 20 months
  • No dissertation or residency requirements
  • Gain similar content knowledge as our Ed.D. programs offer but without the dissertation/research component

Topics of Interest:

  • History and politics of K-12 education
  • Using collaboration to increase instructional effectiveness and student learning
  • Building a K12 community by creating and sustaining a diverse learning infrastructure
  • Current and emerging leadership strategies and classroom practices in K-12 education
  • The development and evolution of leadership theories
  • Corporate social responsibility from the perspective of ethical decision making

This program is offered in the following formats or locations:


The dynamic capabilities of GCUs online curriculum offer considerable flexibility and convenience for career oriented professionals who are pursuing their educational goals. Full time faculty members, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Our small class sizes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Classes begin frequently.

Online and Evening program disclosures      

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.